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Published on 25 September 2017

#Israel - Israeli delegation continues search efforts in Mexico City after deadly earthquake

While hopes of finding survivors at this point are slim, IDF teams continue looking through the rubble: 'Our job is to get to all of the trapped so their families could bury them,' says one IDF officer; Israeli engineers also help survey buildings in the Mexican capital to determine whether they are safe.

Published on the 23rd of September 2017 on Ynet

The deadly 7.1 magnitude earthquake that devastated the country earlier this week, though at this point the chances of finding survivors are said to be very small.

Because of the bleak assessments, the Israeli delegation—after consultations with the Mexican, American and Japanese rescue teams also operating in the city—gave up its surgical search methods over the last two days in favor of more massive, large-scale efforts.

Mexico was hit with a new, 6.2 magnitude earthquake on Saturday, halting search efforts for a few hours in the morning, until local engineers could ascertain whether it was safe to continue.

The Israeli delegation, made up of 71 soldiers and officers, is working at two sites: a six-story office building, where about 50 people are believed to have been when the top four floors collapsed on top of one another during the earthquake, and a collapsed residential building in the Tlalpan area, where three people are believed to be trapped.

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